Exercise improves condition in Parkinson's

Parkinson's is a progressive disease triggered in an area of the brain that controls movement. As such it can cause involuntary movements, but also impaired balance and problems walking or even standing still. Falls are increasingly common with around 60% of patients experiencing at least one fall a year. Two thirds of these people may even fall frequently, with obvious consequences.

Now, researchers in Australia, publishing in Neurology, have shown that a 40 - 60 minute exercise programme three times a week, resulted in 70 per cent less falls for those without severe problems. Overall quality of life, and factors such as improved balance were noted by a team led by Dr Colleen Canning at the University of Sydney.